Purdue sinks Huskers with late TD drive
Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez led two go-ahead touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, but Purdue answered both, including a touchdown with 1:08 remaining to defeat Nebraska 31-27 in a back-and-forth game Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Nebraska (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten Conference) had leads of 20-17 with 12:30 remaining and 27-24 with 6:50 remaining, only to have Purdue (3-6, 2-4) respond with drives of 13 plays and 12 plays to regain the lead both times. Third-string walk-on quarterback Aiden O’Connell directed the final series after starter Jack Plummer, who was 25-of-34 passing for 242 yards, left the game with an injury.
On third-and-5 from the Nebraska 9-yard line, Purdue called time out and set up a reverse play that resulted in David Bell’s touchdown run with 1:08 remaining. The drive started at Purdue’s 25-yard line with 4:21 on the clock.
Nebraska had one final chance, taking possession at its 20-yard line with 1:01 remaining, but didn’t gain a first down on four incompletions.